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with u-verse high speed internet. rethink possible. it was really crushing. i felt like my get was kicked. you know? it was really bad. >> family memories up in flames. tonight, people gather here in the bay area, to honor a long-time camp destroyed by the rim fire. good evening. collateral camp damage. one of the worst fires in california history, continues to burn tonight. the rim fire ravaged the family
tradition dating back decaddeca. all that remains are embers. families ma that once enjoyed the camp, gathered to mourn it tonight. >> it's the wiping of a century of memories. more than 250 people gathered this evening, swapping stories about the camp. ♪ hundreds gathered tonight to share memories and photos and sing the songs they learned at the camp. ♪ >> honestly, i have so many good memories. >> reporter: over the weekend, the massive and fast-moving rim fire devastated the camp. >> kind of like the death in the
family. it's that much part of our family. >> a place like that has much strong emotion in it. there's so much love and memory of our family growing there. >> reporter: memories all the more precious, now that the beloved camp is gone. it was evacuated and the opportunity buildings burnt. >> you never whoa when it would burn down again. >> reporter: what was so special about this place? >> i mean, the food, the friends, the tent cabins. the swimming. everything was so fun. >> it was about family. there's few places on earth that are all about family. >> you felt like you were sharing in making that community be what it was. all of the kids could be free to
go where they wanted to go. and you knew there would be some other family that would be watching out for them if you weren't right there. it was safe that way. it's a special thing. ♪ >> reporter: berkeley officials say it's too soon to know what will happen as far as the rebuilding process will go. >> thank you. now, to a developing story. what happens near yosemite directly impacts more than 2.5 million people here in the bay area. our drinking water is in jeopardy. if you live in the peninsula, your water comes from the reservoir near the fire. officials are filling it with
other reservoirs, if it becomes contaminated by the ash. so far, the ash has not reached the intake pumps. it's burned more than 160,000 acres. for some perspective here, that's an area larger than san francisco and san jose combined. within the past few hours, we learned firefighters made progress. the fire's up 20% contained. president obama and governor brown are involved. the governor toured the area today. president obama called governor brown yesterday, offering federal support if needed. richard sharp is near the fire line. we hear about the damage and the fire. tonight, we hear about the people. >> reporter: the last drop of the day for this tanker, before darkness forces the tanker away from the fire line. during the night, crews on the ground try to contain the
flames. people watch the helicopters fortify the fire breaks this afternoon. saying the smoke from the fire is affecting them. >> in the morning, heavy, thick smoke. hard to breathe. >> reporter: along highway 108, people watch the fire creep closer. diana lives nearby. her son and expectant wife live closer to the fire line. does it make you nervous? >> very nervous. for them. >> reporter: helicopters fill the sky. for helicopters can make quicker trips. that helicopter right there is called a sky crane. they're coming in cycles because the fire is just over the hill. we look, there's another one, right there. that's how tight the cycles are to get retardant to the front line. from the helicopters, the smoke and the flames. >> the fire was on the north side. hundreds gathered hear one of the incident commanders explain how close this fire, now, the largest fire in the country, is
to their town. >> help secure this heel of the fire that would make it a threat to the community here. >> reporter: after hearing the news, people responded with questions and thank. >> express our gratitude when you see those guys. >> a lot of gratitude for the firefighters. that was richard sharp reporting. we invite you to stay with nbc bay area news, for our continuing coverage of this fire. we have continuous updates on social media. extortion by the d.e.a. that's the charge by the latest scam. people ordering medications on line, are being harassed by con men posing as drug enforcement agents claiming they broke the law. it cost one man thousands. george kiriyama joins us with the details. >> reporter: the imposters have
struck again. this time in hillsborough, late this afternoon. a man in south hillsboro, answered a strange phone call from someone claiming to be a d.e.a. agent. >> and trying to extort money out of the victim. >> reporter: it wasn't a d.e.a. agent. it was an imposter. >> they told the victim they ordered a prescription drug over the internet and that it's a violation of the law. >> the victim had purchased the prescription drug online. but during the call, a red flag. >> at that point, the person on the phone was trying to set up some method of payment. whether it be credit card or wire transfer. and the resident ended the phone call and called us. >> reporter: she buys prescription drugs online. she had no idea the scam was going on. >> we rely on technology for greater access. and we're getting to a point
where we have to think about how do we make it a safer transaction. >> reporter: hillsborough police say the victim in this case was lucky. no money was lost. but a couple of months ago, someone in san mateo county was scammed to the tune of $14,000. while the d.e.a. is trying to figure out if hackers are getting personal information from drug sites, hillsborough police say under no circumstance will someone from law enforcement ask you for money over the phone. they say this particular scam can throw people off at first. >> there is that small bit of real information that the caller's providing the victim. in the initial stages of the phone call, the victim drops their guard a little bit. they may have made purchases over the internet. >> reporter: impersonating a federal agent is a violation of federal law. you get a phone call of one
posing as one and asking money, refuse the call and call police. you can call the number of the d.e.a. had set up for that situation. you can also find this number on our website, nbcbayarea.com. >> george, thank you. now, to another scam snaking its way around the bay area. someone posing as an animal service officer, looking for snakes. a con man tricked a woman going into her backyard, while an accomplice stole her cash and jewelry. city animal service employees drive official city vehicles, carry photo i.d.s and aren't looking for snakes in the community. a similar scam was reported in union city. a new move intended to keep kids safe and parents at ease. governor brown required background checks for volunteer
coaches. it's intended to make a background check policy. the goal is to help kids from sexual abusive or violent coaches. the california assembly passed the bill unanimously. eight years in prison. that's the sentence for a san mateo child psychologist who pled no contest to molesting boys. he sat shackled in a wheelchair, while victims read impact statements. one said, you're disgusting. prosecutors say he molested the boys during counseling sessions back in the '90s. the styrofoam takeout boxes may be gone at san jose restaurants. city leaders will consider banning styrofoam containers. the containers are harmful to the environment and that something else can be used
instead. it's not that easy to replace because other options would be more expensive. more details if the ban does pass, multistate restaurant chains would be required to make the change by january 1st. san jose would be 1 of 70 cities in california to ban styrofoam. if you recognize these people or these vehicles in these surveillance photos, police in walnut creek want to speak with you. the images were taken just before a break-in at tiffany's jewelry store. they show six people meeting in a parking lot where they removed license plates from a chevy trail wlaz blazer, later used as a getaway car. why some people in the bay area will be receiving an alarming call this week. he risked his life to save others.
extraordinary selflessness and courage under fire. but there was something else that caught president obama's attention today. a bay area soldier received the nation's highest military honor. ty carter of antioch became the fifth living recipient of the medal of honor. during the ceremony of the white house, he told carter's children, their father's heroism is what makes this country
great. surrounded by soaring cliffs, combat outposts was under constant attacks. but in october of 2009, the taliban launched the fiercest attack yet ty carter was jolted from his sleep. >> there was something very pare different. the sound of the gunfire was unstop. >> reporter: the taliban released an avalanche of rockets, mortar and machine gunfire on the 52 americans below. >> the hill, looked like somebody had kicked over an ant hill. >> reporter: carter ran across the battlefield for ammo for soldrs, not once but three times.
dodging a torrent of bullets all the way. >> the quicker you're moving, the less chance a sniper or bullet will hit you. >> reporter: carter and his sergeant were wounded and trapped in a humvee. >> we were low on ammo, and everyone around us that was friendly was wounded or dead. >> reporter: stephen mace was seriously wounded, crawling towards the humvee, asking for help. >> i see him. he's right there. they said, you're no good to him dead. >> reporter: 8 americans were killed, 25 wounded. carter carried mace to safety. but he had died of his wounds. >> i thought i was a failure. not just in combat or the army but in life. >> reporter: four years later, staff sergeant carter suffers posttraumatic stress. at today's ceremony, president
obama hailed carter for his efforts for people struggling with ptsz. . >> look at this man. they're as tough as they come. >> reporter: and a true hero on and off the battlefield. new at 11:00 tonight, a heads up about a test that may catch you offguard. on wednesday evening, contra costa county is going to send out practice phone calls. the warning system was scrutinized after the chevron fire last august. the county is considering the new system because of that. bewarned. 5:30 on wednesday, if you live near core refinery and chemical plants, you will get a call. if you registered your cell phone, you will get test alerts. if you haven't signed up, it's not too late. less than 48 hours until shutdown. the bay bridge will be closed on
wednesday so crews can connect the eastern span. engineers are optimistic about the reliability of the steel fasteners. this, after 32 rods snapped this year. the tests are going well. and there's a chance the parts won't need to be replaced. the problem threatened to open the delay of the new span. but things are moving forward as planned. the bridge will be closed this wednesday at 8:00 p.m. it's scheduled to reopen tuesday at 5:00 a.m. the day after labor day. getting around during the bay bridge closure could get tricky. at nbcbayarea.com, click on the tab in the upper left-hand corner. our website can steer you through the traffic tie-ups. you'll find a section with information on this closure. they might be staying in oakland a little longer than expected.
the warriors planning to build an arena in san francisco, may have plans blocked. the proposed arena is supposed to be built on pier 30 and 32. reps for the warriors are denying reports of delaying of the opening. let's bring in rob from our weather center, talking about the week ahead. >> we're going to see temperatures looking a bit more like summer and feeling like it out in the valleys. right now, upper 50s and low 60s. and patches of low clouds. and the sea breeze, reaching into livermore and fair field. that's going to back down a little tomorrow. which will allow the inland temperatures to climb on up. but enough of a breeze, to keep air quality good. from north-to-south, you have
good air quality, where you do not, it's up towards the sierra, and kwalmy county. we have an air warning up there. that's going to continue through wednesday. south of the rim fire, a flash flood watch is in effect. tuesday evening and that may get extended into wednesday. that's not a red flag warn for lightning strikes. we're talking about thunderstorms that have the potential to drop enough rain to cause localized flooding. that could be good news. we could see the moisture tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night. you see that off to the east of the fire line and more towards tahoe on wednesday. rain can be a good thing. but you can see gusty winds. and that could make things challenging on the fire line, as well. back to the bay area.
the marine layer, just checked that in the last hour or so. it is below 1,000 feet. and that's usually a sign that our inland valleys have a chance of getting close to 90 degrees. the monsoon moisture will stay to the east of the bay area. right across northern california, mostly-sunny skies. patchys of low clouds on the coast. a light jacket. not too cold out there tomorrow morning. in the upper 50s to 60s tomorrow morning. and a warm-up for the afternoon. san jose's high temperatures was in the 70s. tomorrow, we're going up to 83 degrees. closer to 90 degrees in morgan hill. it's not going to impact the
inland temperatures. san francisco, maybe getting close to 70. a little bit of a warm-up around the peninsula. to the south, 75 degrees and almost near 80 in oakland. the next few days, you see the valley temperatures climbing on up. watch the trend for the weekend. breezy and mild conditions. a chance of drizzle at times. the unofficial end of summer, looks cooler and possibly drizzle on monday morning. and the work of the bay bridge, we hope it doesn't slow things down. you can see the temperatures staying cool into the middle of next week. for weekend plans, things looking cooler by saturday and sunday. >> do we like it? >> i like it. coming up, making photos more social. the new change at facebook. stay with us.
a new blood screening could help detect ovarian cancer in its earliest stages. ovarian cancer is often deadly because it has few symptoms. researchers examined women's blood for over a decade and looked for changes in a known ovarian tumor marker. the study could lead to routine screening. u.s. schools are making progress when it comes to promoting better health and behaviors. encouraging trends were outlined in a new report released by the cdc today. national survey looks at health policies in schools that focus on a range of issues, from health education, mental health and new services. facebook is allowing collaborative photo albums. members can create a shared album, with 50 friends, allowing
♪ yeah. you're so smart. let's check in with dave feldman. he has a 49ers lineup for us. >> the 49ers made some news today. releasing the backup quarterback and four others. he serves has the third string quarterback the past two seasons but never played in a regular season game. the 49ers traded paris harrellton to the saints. two sources confirming the move. and "the sacramento bee"
reporting, if he was make the roster, new orleans will give them a seventh round draft pick. barry zito on the hill for the giants. bottom one, two outs. michael cuddyer, has a fly ball to right. hunter pence is running out of room and smacks into the wall. the ball drops. pence is in pain. gregor blanco says get a trainer out here. but pence remained in the game. todd helton launches a two-run home run to center. and giants fall, 6-1. maybe something, maybe nothing department. three giants were claimed on weavers over the weekend. this according to mlb network. most likely, the giants will end up pulling back all three soon-to-be free agents and keeping them for the rest of the year. a's starting a four-game series in detroit. coco crisp leading off the inning. and he blasts a solo home run to right field.
it's the 14th of the season. but his 100th of his career. bottom eight. flies to center. and coco crisp, not only with the bat, but with the diving glove. a's win, 8-6. u.s. open champion, serena williams, rolled over her opponent in straight sets. serena didn't drop a game in the first set. only lost one game in the second. serena is a four-time champ in queens. venus also won her first round match today. that's a look at sports. let's go back to you. i want to tell you that we have the 25th edition of the madden football game being released. if you play the 49ers in franchise mode, you get to move. >> oh. >> it's cool. you get to upgrade. >> we're going to get this. we're going after the newscast
♪ ♪ i finally found the right snack ♪ 90-calorie fiber one lemon bar. okay. after months of research, finally got approval to wear a pasta strainer on his head in a photo. it sounds like a joke. but it's a statement from a group of atheists. the texas tech student is the first person in the country allowed to wear in headgear in a legal i.d. photo. i thought it was a remake of cloudy with a side of meatballs. >> we'll end on that note.
and "headlines." and now, jay leno! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jay: hello, ladies. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] thank you very much. welcome to "the tonight show." oh, it's nice to be back. thank you. thank you very much. well, folks -- some good news. some good news. that huge wildfire at yosemite national park is now